January 12, 2022

Spot Sir Andrew Davis

After 36 years at Lyric — with 21 as music director and principal conductor— Sir Andrew Davis is a permanent fixture at the Lyric Opera House. He's spent countless hours with characters like Don Quichotte, Brünnhilde, and Figaro in rehearsal rooms and the orchestra pit. See if you can spot the Maestro in some of his favorite opera scenes in this fun take on the classic Where's Waldo.

Can you spot Sir Andrew in this whimsical production of one of his favorite operas — and the first he ever conducted at Lyric — The Marriage of Figaro?

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2015/16 Season)



With twists and turns around every corner, it's easy to understand why Sir Andrew loves The Queen of Spades. The Tchaikovsky thriller was the first opera he conducted as Lyric's Music Director in 2001 and he returned to the podium in February 2020 to conduct this new-to-Chicago production by Richard Jones.

(Original photo: Cory Weaver, 2019/20 Season)



Can you spot the Maestro as he cheers for the fearless (and slightly looney) Don Quichotte? After an absence of more than 20 years, Massenet's Don Quichotte returned to the Lyric stage in 2016 under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)



There are some classic Rossinian hijinks afoot in this scene from The Barber of Seville! Sir Andrew Davis opened the 2019/20 Season conducting this beloved comedy.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2019/20 Season)



Wagner's Das Rheingold features gods, giants, dwarves, and one conductor who is a pro at blending in.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)



Berlioz's Les Troyens features a cast of more than 120 singers and dancers. Can you spot Sir Andrew in the crowd of Trojans? Maybe he'll tell them to leave the wooden horse outside.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)



Hojotoho! Can you spot Sir Andrew among the Valkyries in this scene from Wagner's Die Walküre?

(Original photo: Cory Weaver, 2017/18 Season)



At the beginning of Mozart's Idomeneo, the King was nearly lost at sea; but in this scene, Sir Andrew looks right at home.

(Original photo: Kyle Flubacker, 2018/19 Season)



Sir Andrew just couldn't help but join in the fun on stage during this colorful production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. If the prince can find his true love thanks to a matching pair of bracelets, you should be able to find Sir Andrew in this bustling scene!

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2015/16 Season)



In Jimmy Lopez and Nilo Cruz's opera Bel Canto, characters from vastly different walks of life are able to connect and find solace through music. See if you can spot Sir Andrew taking in the touching scene from this 2015 world premiere.

(Original photo: Andrew Cioffi, 2015/16 Season)



Sir Andrew loves a good party. Can you spot him among the revelers in this scene from Tchaikovksy's Eugene Onegin?

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)

No, you're not dreaming. Sir Andrew is hiding amongst the characters of one of his favorite operas — Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Find him before the Witch makes her entrance!

(Original photo: Cory Weaver, 2022/23 Season)

Header photo: Kyle Flubacker